Are you considering the right time to buy or sell a home? A good first step is getting expert advice. Our personal mortgage advisors and valued real estate partners are here for you.

Join us for our Real Estate Days. Find out how to get started buying or selling your home and how EECU makes home financing faster and friendlier.

Plus, you can discover how to get HomeAdvantage1 Cash Rewards2 averaging $1,5003 on your next home.

There’s no need to RSVP. We’ll see you there.

 

Calendar Real Estate Days:

EECU Little Road

Date: Friday, April 27

Location: EECU Little Road Financial Center, 1253 N. Little School Rd., Arlington, TX 76017

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

EECU Mansfield

Date: Saturday, April 28

Location: EECU Mansfield Financial Center, 1720 U.S. 287 Frontage Rd., Mansfield, TX 76063

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Can’t make it? Don’t worry. Give us a call at (817) 882-0181 or visit our Home Loan Center online.

NMLS # 500516

 

1 HomeAdvantage is a registered trademark of CU Realty Services. The HomeAdvantage program is made available through a relationship between EECU and CU Realty Services. EECU and CU Realty Services are separate legal entities. 2 HomeAdvantage Cash Rewards are awarded by CU Realty Services to buyers and sellers who select and use a real estate agent in the HomeAdvantage network. Home buyers and sellers are not eligible for Cash Rewards if they use an agent outside of the HomeAdvantage network. Using EECU for a purchase mortgage loan is not a requirement to earn Cash Rewards. Cash Rewards amounts are dependent on the commission paid to the agent. Please consult with EECU for more details on how Cash Rewards will be paid. Cash Rewards are void where prohibited by law. 3 Cash Rewards example shown is based on a 3% agent commission rate and a purchase mortgage loan amount of $250,000. Since agent commissions rates vary, your actual Cash Rewards may vary accordingly. The Cash Rewards can be applied as a credit towards closing costs. Applicants are not entitled to cash back. Usual and customary buyer closing costs include, without limitation: escrow fee, appraisal fee, loan document preparation fee, recording fee, courier fee, and prepaid items such as flood and hazard insurance and ad valorem taxes. Subject to any home buyers or sellers who have already entered into a purchase contract and have otherwise qualified for the Cash Rewards program, the Cash Rewards program may be terminated by EECU at any time in its sole discretion.

Homeownership is a dream of many of us. Owning a home means putting down roots and having a space that is truly yours. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous lenders and home loan scams out there. That’s why we want to help you avoid becoming a victim.

Here’s how to avoid loan modification fraud, foreclosure rescue schemes, and mortgage scams:

  • Identify a reputable lender. Work with a financial institution that you have a relationship with, or have been referred to by a friend, real estate agent, accountant or attorney.
  • Don’t pay any fees upfront. Requesting fees upfront before the promised results are delivered is illegal, according to the FTC’s Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule.
  • Read before you sign. Don’t sign anything without reading—and fully understanding—the document. Consult your attorney if you have questions.

Next, familiarize yourself with these scams and rip-offs:

  • Bait and Switch: the lender offers you one set of loan terms when you apply, then pressures you to accept different terms when you sign to complete the transaction.
  • Loan Flipping: the lender encourages you to repeatedly refinance the loan and to borrow more money. Each time you refinance, you pay additional fees which increases your debt.
  • Foreclosure Rescue: the company promises to negotiate new terms for distressed homeowners. Instead, the companies do not deliver any assistance, often leaving homeowners in worse financial situations.
  • Predatory Lending: lenders that engage in hard-sell lending tactics, without providing details about all the loan terms, may be engaging in predatory lending.

The best way to avoid home loan scams – go with a trusted lender:

  • EECU is more than just a credit union—we’re your financial advocate. We care about each member on a personal level, which means taking the time to get to know their unique financial challenges and helping them attain their goals. We hope you will continue to look to EECU as your trusted partner and source of information, advice and personalized financial solutions. We thank you for your membership and participation in the success of your credit union.

About EECU Home Loans:

We examined how the home loan process could slow you down, and did something about it. This new standard is a faster and friendlier home loan experience. Streamlined technology makes the member experience faster and more efficient. Real people help make every step along the way easier, friendlier, and more enjoyable.

Discover the new standard in home loans. It’s worth smiling about.

 

Additional resources:

https://www.usa.gov/housing-scams (addresses housing scams, moving fraud, foreclosure scams, and rental scams)

https://www.usa.gov/identity-theft (addresses articles relating to ID theft, prevention, and reporting)

You may be asking yourself, which comes first finding a mortgage lender or a real estate agent? Do both at once at EECU on April 20th and 21st. We’ve arranged for you to meet with our mortgage experts and top local real estate agents. That way you can save time and money. Knowing how much of a home you can afford before looking at properties helps you and your real estate agent find a home you’ll love and one that meets your budget.

Join us for our Real Estate Agent Days. Get moving with a real estate agent and get prequalified for a mortgage. Plus, you can discover how to get HomeAdvantage1 Cash Rewards2 averaging $1,5003 on your next home.

There’s no need to RSVP. We’ll see you there.

 

Calendar Real Estate Agent Days:

EECU Hulen Financial Center

Date: Friday, April 20

Location: 6049 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, TX 76132

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

EECU Hurst Financial Center

Date: Saturday, April 21

Location: 1600 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 76054

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Can’t make it? Don’t worry. Give us a call at (817) 882-0181 or visit our Home Loan Center online.

NMLS # 500516

1 HomeAdvantage is a registered trademark of CU Realty Services. The HomeAdvantage program is made available through a relationship between EECU and CU Realty Services. EECU and CU Realty Services are separate legal entities. 2 HomeAdvantage Cash Rewards are awarded by CU Realty Services to buyers and sellers who select and use a real estate agent in the HomeAdvantage network. Home buyers and sellers are not eligible for Cash Rewards if they use an agent outside of the HomeAdvantage network. Using EECU for a purchase mortgage loan is not a requirement to earn Cash Rewards. Cash Rewards amounts are dependent on the commission paid to the agent. Please consult with EECU for more details on how Cash Rewards will be paid. Cash Rewards are void where prohibited by law. 3 Cash Rewards example shown is based on a 3% agent commission rate and a purchase mortgage loan amount of $250,000. Since agent commissions rates vary, your actual Cash Rewards may vary accordingly. The Cash Rewards can be applied as a credit towards closing costs. Applicants are not entitled to cash back. Usual and customary buyer closing costs include, without limitation: escrow fee, appraisal fee, loan document preparation fee, recording fee, courier fee, and prepaid items such as flood and hazard insurance and ad valorem taxes. Subject to any home buyers or sellers who have already entered into a purchase contract and have otherwise qualified for the Cash Rewards program, the Cash Rewards program may be terminated by EECU at any time in its sole discretion.

Are you considering the right time to buy or sell a home? A good first step is getting expert advice. Our personal mortgage advisors and valued real estate partners are here for you.

Join us for our Real Estate Days. Find out how to get started buying or selling your home and how EECU makes home financing faster and friendlier.

Plus, you can discover how to get HomeAdvantage1 Cash Rewards2 averaging $1,5003 on your next home.

There’s no need to RSVP. We’ll see you there.

 

Calendar Real Estate Days:

EECU Clifford – meet with a real estate agent or personal mortgage advisor

Date: Friday, April 13

Location: EECU Clifford Financial Center, 9350 Clifford St., Fort Worth, TX 76108

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

EECU Fort Worth – meet with a personal mortgage advisor

Date: Saturday, April 14

Location: EECU Fort Worth Financial Center, 1617 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Can’t make it? Don’t worry. Give us a call at (817) 882-0181 or visit our Home Loan Center online.

NMLS # 500516

 

1 HomeAdvantage is a registered trademark of CU Realty Services. The HomeAdvantage program is made available through a relationship between EECU and CU Realty Services. EECU and CU Realty Services are separate legal entities. 2 HomeAdvantage Cash Rewards are awarded by CU Realty Services to buyers and sellers who select and use a real estate agent in the HomeAdvantage network. Home buyers and sellers are not eligible for Cash Rewards if they use an agent outside of the HomeAdvantage network. Using EECU for a purchase mortgage loan is not a requirement to earn Cash Rewards. Cash Rewards amounts are dependent on the commission paid to the agent. Please consult with EECU for more details on how Cash Rewards will be paid. Cash Rewards are void where prohibited by law. 3 Cash Rewards example shown is based on a 3% agent commission rate and a purchase mortgage loan amount of $250,000. Since agent commissions rates vary, your actual Cash Rewards may vary accordingly. The Cash Rewards can be applied as a credit towards closing costs. Applicants are not entitled to cash back. Usual and customary buyer closing costs include, without limitation: escrow fee, appraisal fee, loan document preparation fee, recording fee, courier fee, and prepaid items such as flood and hazard insurance and ad valorem taxes. Subject to any home buyers or sellers who have already entered into a purchase contract and have otherwise qualified for the Cash Rewards program, the Cash Rewards program may be terminated by EECU at any time in its sole discretion.

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, EECU is announcing that in less than a year its digital financial literacy program has reached nearly 5,000 students in 30 different North Texas high schools.

“Data shows that rigorous financial education delivered in a young person’s development leads to positive financial behaviors,” said Lonnie Nicholson, President & CEO, EECU. “By providing students with the knowledge they need to make smart financial decisions, we are investing in the future economic well-being of the communities we serve in North Texas.”

The EECU program is comprised of nine different on-line courses, each taking approximately 40 minutes to complete. The curriculum is provided free of charge and aligns with state and national financial education standards. The topics cover budgeting, savings, banking, payment types, credit, debt, renting vs. owning, insurance, taxes, consumer protection, investing, and financing higher education.

The platform tracks the progress of every student and provides this data to teachers. Additionally, students who take all nine courses and pass the post-test with a 70 percent or higher score receive an accreditation. Approximately 500 high school students have received their certification.

Students who participate in the course take both pre-test and post-tests to measure knowledge gain. The students who completed EECU’s financial literacy programs increased their scores on financial literacy assessments from a D average to a B+. Twice as many high school students report feeling prepared to manage their financial futures after participating in the program.

“There is tremendous need for financial education with our youth,” said David Saenz, Fort Worth ISD executive director of College & Career Readiness. “This financial knowledge can improve the trajectory of these students’ lives.”

EECU launched this program in the fall of 2017, and they plan to continue to roll-out the free program to additional high schools. For High Schools interested in participating in the program please call Barbara Walker, EECU’s Director of Community Involvement and Social Responsibility at 817-882-0472.   EECU is working with EverFi, a national leader in on-line education.